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About the Trust

The Puketi Forest Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust that was formed in 2003 and formally launched in October at the forest. The Puketi Forest Trust is guided by its founding document which sets out its purpose to restore wildlife to Puketi Forest and raise the perception and the value of the forest in the collective consciousness of the community.

Specifically, the trust has been established as a partnership between Iwi, the Community, and the Department of Conservation (DoC) in order to:

  • Restore Puketi Forest to a complete, healthy, living forest essential to spiritual, cultural, historical, economic and social wellbeing of local communities and maintain it in perpetuity for future generations


  • Restore the historical and cultural significance, as well as the mauri (physical and spiritual force) of Puketi Forest


  • Bring together and represent the different groups to ensure that the restoration of Puketi Forest is successful and the benefits of a restored forest are realised by the wider community


  • Promote education about Puketi Forest and become a resource for conservation education and science


  • Provide governance and direction at all stages of the project of restoration and enable fundraising


  • Demonstrate leadership in conservation and landowner awareness


  • Encourage and assist the owners of land adjacent to Puketi Forest to manage native forest on their land in a manner that will assist the maintenance of Puketi Forest as a complete healthy living forest

The Puketi Forest Trust and Department of Conservation, Bay of Islands Area Office are committed to working in partnership toward the restoration of Puketi Forest and its native species therein. A strong and effective partnership between these agencies is a vital tool in the restoration of the forest.

The Trust is administered by nine trustees. Meet the Board of Trustees.

Dame Kiri Ti Kanawa is official patron of the Puketi Forest Trust. View her acceptance speech.

To date, the Trust has received a groundswell of public support. We would like to thank the Friends and Sponsors of Puketi.

If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact Us.

© 2006 Puketi Forest Trust